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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Voters reject Foothill-De Anza tax

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s request for a $69-per-parcel tax failed to secure the two-thirds majority required to pass on the Gubernatorial General Election Nov. 2.

As of Monday’s press deadline, 69,338 residents (57.69 percent) voted in favor of Measure E, with 50,852 voters (42.31 percent) against the parcel tax.

“The Board of Trustees struggled for months deciding whether to put an educational funding measure on the ballot,” wrote Chancellor Linda M. Thor and Board President Bruce Swenson in a release to the Town Crier. “In the end, after seeing thousands of students unable to get classes they need, the board felt morally compelled to ask district voters if they would provide temporary local funding to help offset deep state budget cuts that have hurt so many students. It is bittersweet that a majority of voters supported Measure E but that it did not receive the necessary two-thirds approval.”

The release said moving forward, the district would continue to serve as many students as possible, reduce its expenses and pursue alternative funding sources.

“In the months ahead, we will advocate in Sacramento for improved funding for California’s community colleges and work together with our employees to address the district’s fiscal challenges,” they wrote.

– Traci Newell

Chang earns county board of education seat

Cupertino resident Michael Chang defeated two local residents in the race for the local seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

As of Monday’s press deadline, Chang received 32,672 votes (50.96 percent), while Los Altos Hills resident George Tyson totaled 23,700 votes (36.97 percent) and Los Altos resident Lynette Eng tallied 7,740 votes (12.07 percent).

Chang is currently a professor at De Anza College and was endorsed by T.N. Ho, who is vacating the seat on the county board.

– Traci Newell

Schmidt wins water district race

Brian Schmidt, an environmental attorney from Mountain View, defeated Los Altos Councilman Lou Becker to win the newly created District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. Schmidt received 29,076 votes (56.7 percent) and Becker totaled 22,247 (43.4 percent).

Schmidt taught environmental law at Stanford University and has served on the water district’s environmental advisory and performance audit committees.

– Jana Seshadri

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